The best hotels in Maui cater to solo travelers, couples, and families coming to relax and enjoy the gorgeous white-sand beaches under the famous Hawaii sunshine.

But, they’re also searching for local cuisine prepared by critically acclaimed chefs, incomparable views of the Pacific Ocean, water sports, and authentic cultural experiences. Maui is one of my top booked destinations, so I know how to match travelers with the best hotels and resorts for their Hawaii vacation.

The main struggle for those planning a vacation is whether to stay in Wailea in the south and Kapalua, Kaanapali, or Lahaina on the island’s west side. Both are excellent choices, and some travelers who can spend a week or longer split time between the two areas. In most cases, though, the resort tends to drive the decision of where to stay on Maui.

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1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Top Pick)

Location: Wailea

A pool attendant walks carries towels to the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
We stay here. (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Maui)

This award-winning beachfront resort is part of the exclusive Four Seasons family of properties. It’s my top pick for best Maui hotels primarily because readers I book in here regularly write in to say how glad they were to have chosen this property. Our family stays here as well and you should read my long list of insider tips including how to choose the best room (there is a lot to know) in my Four Seasons Maui review.

The Maui resort’s spacious guest rooms and suites with private lanais have stunning ocean, garden, or mountain views. Recently refreshed and luxuriously appointed accommodations offer customizable mattresses and bedding, modern furnishings and décor, and deep soaking tubs in oversized marble bathrooms.

A selection of thoughtful amenities includes high-definition televisions, Nespresso machines, bathrobes and slippers, and daily housekeeping and turndown service. Parents appreciate that the king bed rooms have sofa beds for the kids.

The family-friendly resort offers a selection of on-site activities for guests of all ages. Daycare services can be arranged for babies and toddlers, and the Kids for All Season day camp provides supervised entertainment and cultural experiences for children from five to 12 years of age. Teens will appreciate having the freedom to explore the property on their own, visit the game room, and soak up the sun on the beach or from a poolside lounge chair. 

Solo travelers and couples can customize their stay at Four Seasons Maui by choosing from a variety of spa treatments and wellness offerings, recreational opportunities, and destination restaurants. There is also the gorgeous adults-only pool with delicious cocktails and a panoramic ocean view. The resort’s expert concierge team is at your service to help book unique adventures like the Kona Coffee Helicopter Tour, a culinary tour of the island, or a photography trek.

Complimentary transportation into the town of Wailea, Maui with its world-class restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, is available for all guests of the resort. Golfers can take the resort shuttle or arrange for a private car to take them to one of three championship golf courses in the area. You can also play tennis on one of the two sand-filled synthetic grass Nova’Pro tennis courts. The beach in front of the resort is situated so that most of its occupants are guests of the hotel.

NO RESORT FEE

Rates might price higher than nearby resorts, but Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea does not charge a resort fee. And they also provide a long list of complimentary extras that you might pay for at other resorts. Also, choose a Garden-View room or higher as some Mountain-View rooms can overlook the parking lot.

Reservations: The best way to book in is with Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits that include VIP status, daily breakfast for two, $100 food and beverage credit, and more.


2. Fairmont Kea Lani

Location: Wailea

Aerial view of Fairmont Kei Lani, one of the best Maui, Hawaii hotels.
It’s very popular with families. (Photo courtesy of Fairmont Kea Lani)

The Fairmont Kea Lani is an all-suite tropical retreat on Maui’s Wailea coast where guests can choose from one- and two-bedroom suites with furnished lanais or one of the resort’s luxury villas with a plunge pool set in a private courtyard.

Separate bedrooms and living space in all accommodations, as well as generously sized marble bathrooms and upscale amenities, make this Maui resort especially appealing to families.

Curated activities such as self-guided scavenger hunts, a torch lighting ceremony, Mermaid University, and ukulele lessons introduce guests to Hawaiian culture. Active guests can participate in the resort’s integrated wellness program or rent sports equipment from Wailea scuba, Surf & Paddle at Polo Beach. During the winter, you might see a humpback whale rise from the water as you stroll along the sandy shores (a common sighting at other Wailea beach resorts, too).

When the sun is at its peak, guests will enjoy taking a dip in one of the hotel’s swimming pools. Families can keep their young children cool in the Keiki pool or head to one of two lagoon-style pools connected by a waterslide. A third, more secluded pool is reserved for adults only.

POOLSIDE SUITES

Poolside suites are popular with families because they have direct access from the ground-floor lanai to the Upper Lagoon Pool.

Guests can make a reservation at the Willow Stream Spa for a relaxing massage or book an express treatment in a poolside cabana. Salon services are available to help you look your best for date night or an upcoming business or social event.

Casual and fine dining options range from the relaxed atmosphere of the AMA Bar & Grill to the elevated ambience of both Kō and Nick’s Fishmarket.

Reservations: I book this hotel a lot because it prices well compared to other nearby hotels. Book the Virtuoso rate with extra benefits that include an upgrade on arrival subject to availability, daily breakfast for two, a $100 food and beverage credit, and more.

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking. Search with the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add traveling kids on when I check your booking.


3. Montage Kapalua Bay

Location: Kapalua

Aerial view of Montage Kapalua Bay from the ocean.

A sanctuary on the shores of Kapalua Bay, Montage offers luxury residential-style lodgings with spectacular garden and ocean views. One- to four-bedroom residences with gourmet kitchens, communal living spaces, bathrooms with walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs, and outdoor gathering spaces can accommodate up to ten guests. This is where the ultra-high-end client typically stays.

Perfect for family gatherings, social events, or business retreats, this premier Maui resort has a staff that makes every guest feel welcome and well cared for. They have thoughtfully planned a year-round schedule of activities that immerse participants in the island’s culture. Guests can take a hula lesson, craft their own lei, or try their hand at coconut husking or frond weaving. Special ongoing events such as wine and Champagne tastings, meditation sessions, and trunk shows pack the calendar as well.

For additional recreational opportunities, guests can ask the concierge to book a tee time at one of two world-class golf courses, charter a boat for sport fishing, arrange a private snorkeling tour, or schedule a horseback ride through the pineapple fields.

Guests can dine in their residence or enjoy locally-sourced cuisine at the resort’s contemporary restaurants. Creative cocktails and light island fare are available at the poolside bar.

Reservations: Virtuoso guests receive a daily $60 breakfast credit, $150 spa credit, upgrade at check-in subject to availability and more.

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking.

4. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Location: Wailea

The interior of a two-queen room at Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.
One of the best hotels in Maui for families (Photo courtesy of Grand Wailea)

The Grand Wailea is a Waldorf Astoria resort with breathtaking views of Wailea Beach. Luxurious guest rooms, suites, and villas can accommodate up to six guests comfortably with private lanais, spacious living areas, and separate bedrooms.

You’ll be welcomed with a traditional lei greeting and invited to participate in a variety of activities included in your resort fee, such as a private photography session, beach yoga classes, SCUBA clinics, and guided art tours. Your resort fee also includes complimentary use of bikes and beach umbrellas, as well as standard amenities like Wi-Fi and unlimited local calls.

This family-friendly property has a teen center, gaming lounges, and day camp facilities for its young guests, and the recently upgraded Wailea Canyon Activity Pool (with its Tarzan rope swing and world’s first pool elevator) that will appeal to guests of all ages. A mosaic-tiled adult pool with two Jacuzzis is available for guests who want to swim in a more relaxed environment or lounge by the water in private cabana.

Boutique shops add to the beach resort atmosphere with their selection of handcrafted goods, one-of-a-kind gifts, beachwear, skincare products, and accessories. Shoppers can ship their purchases home at the Akami Business Center, which also gives guests access to self-service copy and fax machines.

From the most casual swim-up bar to Table 70 in Humuhumu, the Grand Wailea offers excellent dining options. You’ll find a la carte menus, as well as buffet-style dining at the Grand Dining Room Maui. In-room service is also offered from 5:30 in the morning until midnight. The resort is big and busy. You’ll need to pick up a new wristband daily to identify yourself as a hotel guest at the pools.

Reservations: I can book you in with Hilton Impresario benefits that include daily breakfast for two people, a $100 hotel credit, double Hilton Honors points, and more. I’ve also included a link to Hilton because I know that some members prefer to go direct.


5. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Location: Kapalua

Aerial view of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Maui hotel swimming pool.
A luxury Maui hotel in Kapalua (Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua)

Part of The Ritz-Carlton brand of luxury hotels, this AAA Five-Diamond oceanfront resort is located on the grounds of the Kapalua Resort, home to the Kapalua Tennis Garden, two championship golf courses, and six dining facilities.

Registered guests can follow designated hiking trails through the rainforest, schedule a lesson with a pro at the Kapalua Golf Academy, take part in an underwater photography session, or join the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program. A spa that specializes in native treatments and traditions and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and classes led by trained professionals are open daily.

With so many on-site activities to choose from you may not be spending a lot of time in your room, but when you’re there, you’ll be surrounded by the nature-inspired décor, stunning views, and high-end amenities.

Whether you’re in town on business or spending time together as a family, you’ll appreciate the attentive service of the hotel’s staff. A team of in-house specialists can assist you with all of your personal and professional needs and requests. Indoor and outdoor event venues can be reserved for everything from an intimate wedding to a full-scale corporate retreat.

Club level rooms enjoy the traditional five food and beverage presentations per day that The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts are famous for. It is worth the upgrade.

Tip: One thing to note is that this five-star resort is set back a little further from the beach than most others on this list though the Maui resort runs a shuttle to it. It’s a quieter and smaller beach that can have choppier water than other famous Maui beaches (guests report that it closes during winter because of high surf). Guests looking to spend the majority of their time on the sand should consider other properties on this list of best hotels in Maui. Guests who want a secluded location, pool time and a beautiful resort with club level will be thrilled here.

Reservations: Virtuoso guests receive daily breakfast at Ulana Restaurant, a $100 resort credit, an upgrade at check-in subject to availability, and more at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking.


6. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Location: Wailea

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort view over the pool to the ocean.
The multi-level infinity pool is popular. (Photo courtesy of Andaz Maui)

This Hyatt property on Mokapu Beach has a relaxing island aesthetic. Its guest rooms, suites, and villas are minimally decorated with island-inspired themes and patterns, while its neutral color palette and wood furnishings allow the natural environment to be the star of the show.

Standard rooms include queen or king beds, rain showers, complimentary minibars, and private lanais. Suites include these amenities, plus a separate living area and a kitchenette. Guests in the villas will enjoy additional upscale amenities, such as a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, outdoor features that include a Viking grill and a private plunge pool, complimentary valet parking or Kahului airport transfers, a private standup paddleboard lesson, daily breakfast, resort credit, and personal concierge services.

On-site meeting and event venues make the Andaz Maui one of the best hotels in Maui for business gatherings and destination weddings. The hotel’s executive chef can put together a menu to suit any gathering, and dedicated staff will be on hand to make sure every detail is executed to perfection.

Other opportunities to sample the executive chef’s farm-to-table fare include the Chef’s Table Tasting at the Ka’ana Kitchen and The Feast at Mokapu Luau. For another take on locally sourced cuisine, guests can reserve a table for lunch or dinner at Morimoto Maui. Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame creates fusion dishes with a modern twist.

Reservations: Virtuoso guests receive daily breakfast for two at Ka’ana Kitchen, a $100 spa credit, upgrade on arrival subject to availability, and more.

*If on a mobile device, scroll down to the black footer and click “Full Site” to access online rates and booking. Search with the number of adults traveling as kids may be priced as adults. I’ll add traveling kids on when I check your booking.


7. Kaanapali Alii

Location: Kaanapali

Aerial view of the beach over Kaanapali Alii pool area.
View from Kaanapali Alii courtesy of Kaanapali Resort Association/Photography by Peter Liu.

When you reserve one of the beachfront condos at Kaanapali Alii, you’ll be treated to an exceptional range of amenities with no additional resort fees. The family-friendly condos, which appeal to luxury travelers, have fully equipped modern kitchens, laundry services, central air conditioning, and free on-site parking.

Kaanapali Alii offers activities and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and interests. Whether your traveling companions want to shop, snorkel, sunbathe, or sip on a handcrafted cocktail, there’s something for everyone at the resort or in nearby Lahaina. Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali, with its restaurant and shops, is also an easy walk from the beachfront Maui resort.

The guest services team can connect you with local experts to teach you and your crew how to surf, make reservations at local restaurants, or book a tee time at a local golf course. Other services they provide include arranging for childcare, scheduling a massage at the spa, or calling for a taxi or Kahului airport shuttle.

This is one of the hotels in Maui that we’ve stayed at. The Kaanapali beach is lovely (and quieter compared to beaches in front of the larger hotels and resorts) and it’s possible to stay in the ocean for hours on end. The swimming pool area is quite small and often crowded. You’ll also want to rent or buy an umbrella for the beach area because you may want the shade. Or, there are small beach cabanas that you can rent.

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8. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Location: Kaanapali

The main swimming pool at Hyatt Regency Maui resort.

This luxury Maui resort and spa has a selection of guest rooms and suites with ocean, mountain, and garden views. Natural materials, contemporary décor, and private lanais create a relaxed atmosphere for guests. Each room and suite has been outfitted with mattresses from the Hyatt Grand Bed collection and guests are provided with a robe and slippers, and Kamaha’o Spa toiletries for their comfort. Standard amenities like an in-room safe, coffee maker, and mini-fridge are included as well.

Start your morning with a cup of Honolulu Coffee and a fruit-filled açaí bowl or head to Swan Court for a full buffet breakfast. Try local favorites and inventive dishes at the beachfront restaurant and sushi bar, Japengo; the poolside eatery, ‘Ūmalu; or Son’z Steakhouse, which serves surf and turf paired with award-winning wines.

What sets Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa apart is its unique program of activities. Guests can learn about culture in the Hawaiian Islands by making a lei or learning how to hula. Active visitors can explore the island on a trek to the Haleakala Crater, take a wildlife tour, or even go stargazing on the roof.

And let’s not forget the resident swans, penguins, and other wildlife that make this one of the best hotels in Maui for families. You can also take part in their traditional Hawaiian luau called Drums of the Pacific. And, a quieter but smaller stretch of Kaanapali beach is in front of the resort.

Reservations: I can book you in with Hyatt Prive benefits that include a room upgrade confirmed within 24 hours (if available), a $100 resort credit, daily full breakfast for two, and more.


9. Wailea Beach Villas

Location: Wailea

The beach with people enjoying the ocean in front of Wailea Beach Villas.

This is a luxury beachfront villa resort where guests can enjoy the comforts of home and Wailea’s pretty sand beach. You can book two- or three-bedroom penthouse condos with full kitchens, living rooms, and garden or ocean views. Or, opt for one of the 3100-square-foot three-bedroom villas — some of which come with private plunge pools.

On the property, guests enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, cascading waterfalls and tropical pathways, two swimming pools, room service, babysitting, beach and pool attendants, and much more.

The resort offers gated security, which adds to its exclusivity. It’s also conveniently located right next to the Shops at Wailea. You can also arrange a private cooking class with some of Maui’s best chefs from around the island or special rates at nearby championship golf courses and tennis clubs.

Reservations: I can book you in with Hyatt Prive benefits that add value and include a daily $50 breakfast credit, a $100 Gift Card for any outlet which accepts American Express and Visa worldwide, and more.


10. Hana-Maui Resort

Location: Hana

Hana Maui Resort set above the cliffs of a rocky beack.

If you want to get away from it all and simply enjoy paradise, the Hana-Maui Resort offers a peaceful retreat from life. This secluded luxury oasis, located on the island’s quiet eastern coast in Hana town, has all the amenities that you would expect from a luxury Hyatt property.

Set about a half-mile back from Kapueokai Bay, the resort is ideal for those who want a relaxing mind-body experience. Set among 66 acres, Hana-Maui Resort offers two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor spas, a hot tub, steam room and plunge pool, yoga pavilion and center, fitness center, and horse stables set among tropical pathways. Guests can partake in fitness and yoga classes and even private yoga instruction.

Choose from among 75 spacious rooms that range from 500-square foot studios, suites with vaulted ceilings, oceanfront bungalows, and family residences with over 1,900 square feet equipped with gourmet kitchens. All rooms have private lanais with ample seating, while some rooms are intentionally designed without clocks, radios, or TVs to augment your peaceful retreat.

The full-service spa offers local botanicals, Lomi Lomi massage, and heated lava rocks in pōhaku wela massage. Local farmers provide most of the Hawaiian ingredients for the resort’s restaurants, including ulu (breadfruit), cheese, and beef.

For the ultimate experience, enjoy your journey to Hana in the resort’s 10-seat Cessna.

Reservations: If you stay two nights or longer, I can book you in with Hyatt Prive benefits that include $50 resort credit, upgrade on arrival subject to availability, a welcome amenity, early check-in, and more.


11. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Location: Lahaina

A renovated king room interior with ocean colors and view.
A refreshed king room.

Don’t let the age of this property fool you. First opening in 1963, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa features 508 luxurious and newly-renovated guest rooms ranging in size from your typical double queen or single king rooms to one-bedroom junior suites and larger deluxe suites with plenty of space for in-room entertaining and private balconies. Most rooms have at least partial oceanfront views.

This family-friendly resort has a wealth of activities, so you’ll never become bored here. With a 23-acre property on Kaanapali Beach, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of sister islands Lanai and Molokai during your stay along with the West Maui Mountains.

The resort offers so much to do that you’ll never want to leave. Swim in the 142-yard lagoon-style pool, or head over to the Water Sport Rental Desk to rent a range of equipment like paddleboards, surfboards, snorkeling, kayaking, and sailing.

Lift weights in the fitness center or play a round of tennis on the private courts. Take a break from playing by visiting the nearby whaling town of Lahaina or visit the concierge desk to schedule an adventure.

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa features daily Hawaiian cultural activities at the beachside Shaka Shack, or watch the nightly torch lighting and cliff diving while you dine on fresh Hawaiian food in one of the resort’s restaurants.

Reservations: I can book you in with Marriott Luminous benefits that include daily breakfast for two, upgrade on arrival subject to availability, a welcome amenity, early check-in, and more.


12. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali

Location: Lahaina

View over the swimming pool to the ocean at Westin Maui.

Pamper your senses and immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali. Set in a 12-acre beachfront paradise, this resort gives guests plenty of ways to relax, rejuvenate, play, and indulge in local culture.

This property’s star is the redesigned Hōkūpa‘a Tower, giving guests a curated luxury experience, whether by selecting spacious regular guestrooms or one of the comfortable suites. Those staying at Hōkūpa‘a not only have panoramic views but will enjoy a special access floor, a private bar, infinity edge cocktail pools, artisanal Hawaiian small-bite breakfasts, daily beverage sampling with a mixologist, and priority bookings throughout the resort.

You won’t want to miss cultural experiences in The Lanai, located on the Hōkūpa‘a Tower’s second floor. Here, guests can experience cultural activities that include fresh lei po’o making, mo’olelo “talk story” sessions, ulana nui “coconut weaving,” ukulele lessons, and the history of Maui Gold pineapples with a tasting.

Cultural opportunities continue at Hale Mo’olelo, the outdoor bar that pairs seven handcrafted cocktails to local cuisine and in the resort’s restaurants featuring various cuisines.

Get a variety of relaxing services like massages at Heavenly Spa or keep yourself fit with cardio and weight machines or fitness classes in the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio. Stroll the grounds with multiple cascading waterfalls or swim in one of six outdoor pools, including a new interactive family pool or the adults-only pool. Take the complimentary shuttle to nearby dining and activities in Lahaina village.

Reservations: I can book you in with Marriott Luminous benefits that include a $100 resort credit, daily breakfast for two, upgrade on arrival subject to availability, a welcome amenity, early check-in, and more.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best area to stay in Maui?

The best area depends on what you want to do and if you can tolerate crowds. Do you want luxury? Stay in South Maui or Kapalua for the ultimate pampering experience as hotels will all have spas, high-end dining, and plenty of activities.

No matter which tourist area you choose, you’ll have access to beaches, shopping, and warm, sunny weather.

Is South or West Maui better?

Again, that depends on your preferences and budget. South Maui is the place to go for ultimate luxury, yet West Maui is ideal for those who want a fun beach experience with lots of water sports.

Lahaina can become extremely crowded during the high tourist season. However, you can also find several waterfront towns where you can take a break. The resorts in Kaanapali and Lahaina are more casual and, therefore, more wallet-friendly.

South Maui also usually has less rain overall but not enough to drive the decision of where to stay.

Is Wailea or Kaanapali better?

Drilling further down on the question of south versus west Maui, many people ask specifically if Wailea or Kaanapali is better. The answer is that it depends.

Wailea has a quieter, more high-end atmosphere than Kaanapali, as the resorts are nicer and perhaps spread a little further apart for the most part. You can walk between most of them. For instance, Four Seasons Maui is next door to Grand Wailea.

The decision also comes down to budget. If you want nice places to stay that are less expensive yet lots of fun, try Kaanapali. The beach is bigger and Whaler’s Village serves as a small beachfront hub of shopping and dining.

What is the nicest beach in Maui?

Kaanapali is the most popular beach in Maui, but if you want the true Hawaii vibe, try one of the quieter ones. Mokulei‘a Bay Beach, known as Slaughterhouse, is great for snorkeling and surfing.

What is the best place to stay in Maui for couples?

For the ultimate couples’ experience, head to the Hana-Maui Resort. The Hana side of the island is quiet and peaceful, and this secluded resort has the amenities you need to be fully into one another.

However, my most popular booked resort for couples is actually Four Seasons Maui, thanks to the stunning adults-only pool and Four Seasons service.

And, if you are a couple looking to visit Maui, the best time to travel is in the fall shoulder season. They actually do call it couples season and some resorts typically then will offer more couples-centric programming and promotions.


Best Hotels in Maui on a Map

Get a feel for where these hotels and resorts are located.

Feel free to contact me if you’re unsure where to stay in Maui or have questions about any of these places!